How to Create and Use a Family Journal

Last year, I gave a friend one of these tabbed family journals, and it was a huge hit.  This year, I decided to make one for myself.  They are so simple to create, and a really easy way to preserve family memories.

Tabbed Family Journal - A great way to collect and preserve family memories for years to come!

Want to make your own Family Journal?  Here’s How!

Tabbed Family Journal - A great way to collect and preserve family memories for years to come!

You will need…

All of my products were from Lifestyle Crafts – remember you can save 20% with the promo code MARTHA on all Lifestyle Crafts purchases.

Tabbed Family Journal - A great way to collect and preserve family memories for years to come!

To start, you will need to determine where you want to punch. One way to do this is divide the pages, and mark the spot to tab with a low adhesive tape (I used painters tape). I wanted five tabs – one for each family member and one for monthly pages. (I’ll explain more about the sections later.)

Tabbed Family Journal - A great way to collect and preserve family memories for years to come!

You can also use the thumb notch punch itself to line up where the notches should be. I found this method easier.

Tabbed Family Journal - A great way to collect and preserve family memories for years to come!

Once all of your notches are cut in your notebook, use the thumb notch to punch out similar shapes in the washi paper. I used a different design for each tab, since I had five sections and the pack came with five different designs. Five of the same design would look great as well though.

Tabbed Family Journal - A great way to collect and preserve family memories for years to come!

To decorate the cover, I used my nesting dies and cut out two frames, one slightly larger then the other. One thing that’s nice about the dies is you can lay them out on your project beforehand to see the fit. Once cut with my Evolution, I layered them and stuck them on the front of my journal and wrote the title with a metallic paint pen.

Tabbed Family Journal - A great way to collect and preserve family memories for years to come!

When arranging my sections, I left 48 pages for the twelve months, which was 4 pages each month. I then divided the remaining pages by 4 (the number of people in my family.

The first section, with the months, is where I record our day to day activities. I try to just write a quick note (only a couple of lines) on what we did that day. I taped over the date headers at the top of the page with strips from the washi paper.

Tabbed Family Journal - A great way to collect and preserve family memories for years to come!

The other four sections are labelled with our name or initial on the notch. These sections have several purposes. They are a place to record any memories or fun times with each other that didn’t get recorded in the beginning section. We also leave notes to each other, and respond to each other notes underneath. Also, if the kids make a nice drawing, I tape it in their section, or sometimes they take the book and draw a nice picture for me in my section.

Tabbed Family Journal - A great way to collect and preserve family memories for years to come!

At the end of the year, you have a fabulous book full of memories that you can place on a bookshelf or tuck away in a memory box, and take out to reminisce over for years to come!

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About Sarah

Sarah Desjardins is a mother of two girls, a wife, an elementary school teacher, and a self proclaimed glitter addict. Becoming Martha is a place for anyone who wants to make their domestic life more beautiful and creative. Sarah started Becoming Martha as a place to find bliss between the diapers and the dishes, and invites you to do the same.

Comments

  1. This is a really cool idea. I had never heard of a family journal before but I think I might want to start one once I have kids!

  2. Love, love this project, Sarah!! So simple but unique and fun!!

  3. I LOVE this idea Sarah! So cute!!

  4. I wish I would have done this with my 5 children! The youngest is now 14 and the oldest 3 are out of the nest. Any idea how I could modify this idea to recapture some of our wonderful past?

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